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[drool] /drul/
verb (used without object)
to water at the mouth, as in anticipation of food; salivate; drivel.
to show excessive pleasure or anticipation of pleasure.
to talk foolishly.
saliva running down from one's mouth; drivel.
Origin of drool
1795-1805; variant of driule, itself variant of drivel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was healthy and enormous, but his mom still wiped his drool.

  • Everybody does go batty that's high-brow and studies and all that drool.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • drool, old boy, drool all you like if it makes a difference.

  • She constantly held saliva in her mouth, though she did not often drool.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • The unfamiliar wetness at the corners of his mouth was drool.

    The Dictator Milton Lesser
  • The fortunes such men as Maundering and Piffle and drool made!

    The Voice in the Fog

    Harold MacGrath
  • And Maundering, Piffle and drool had long since cornered the romance market.

    The Voice in the Fog

    Harold MacGrath
  • "Say drool," he says, which means "Its funny" only it wasnt and he didnt mean it that way, but the other way.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
British Dictionary definitions for drool


(intransitive) often foll by over. to show excessive enthusiasm (for) or pleasure (in); gloat (over)
verb, noun
another word for drivel (sense 1), drivel (sense 2), drivel (sense 4)
Word Origin
C19: probably alteration of drivel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drool

1802, apparently a dialectal variant or contraction of drivel. Related: Drooled; drooling. The noun is from 1860s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for drool



  1. : It gives me sharp and shooting pains, to listen to such drool
  2. drip (1930s+)


To talk foolishly or stupidly; utter inanities (1900s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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